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Anita Dunlap, ACC

Anita is a Washington state based certified activity consultant with more than 40 years of long term care experience. She has been an approved MEPAP 1&2 instructor for the past 25 years and has extensive experience in online instruction. She is the owner of 5SensActivities which provides sensory products as well as education for activity professionals. Her background in early childhood education and long-term care experience provide a great basis for teaching the Montessori Home Engagement Certification Class.

Anita was born and raised in Germany and moved to Washington State in 1979 and she studied early childhood education with an emphasis in special education in Nurnberg Germany. She began her professional career in the US as a nursing assistant in a nursing home, building up experience as a restorative aide, activity director and restorative supervisor.

Following these experiences, she worked as the corporate activity consultant for Beverly Enterprises, Western Division in WA, ID, CA and HI and became certified with NCCAP as activity consultant.


Interested in taking the Montessori Home Care Engagement Course? 

My course will be delivered:


Current Start Dates of my course:

Sept. 11 & 18, 2021 2pm-6pm PST

Oct. 11 & 13, 2021 9am-1pm PST

Nov. 8 & 10, 2021 9am-1pm PST

Cost:  $169.00

(price includes certification)

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Montessori Home Engagement

NCCAP’s Montessori Home Engagement Course allows you to apply the philosophy of care championed by Dr. Maria Montessori when caring for an older person in the home setting.  


Created in partnership with the National Association of Activity Professionals and the National Intergenerational Montessori Center, this curriculum is embedded with Montessori principles proven effective when caring for older persons.


Individuals taking this course learn practical techniques to communicate, interact and engage with those aging in place at home. This knowledge allows you to deliver life-enriching activities and higher quality care that can promote emotional well-being and healthy aging.


You will learn to address common challenges associated with providing care in the home including: communication, mobility, memory, behaviors, eating, bathing and taking medication. 


The competencies obtained from this course are designed to improve the health, wellness and quality of life of both the care provider and care recipient. Individuals completing this course can obtain NCCAP Montessori Home Engagement Certification (MHEC) by completing additional educational and work experience requirements.



Founded in 1986, NCCAP is accepted by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is recognized for meeting the highest qualification to deliver the Social Model of Care. To date, NCCAP has trained and certified over 150,000 individuals in the delivery of life enriching activities that optimize physical and cognitive function, and psychosocial well-being.



1. EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED 


2. REQUIRED CURRICULUM: Montessori Home Curriculum 



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